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Grade: 15
* 1.[344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[36869] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to managing highway safety programs, such as highway design, human factors, simulation and modeling, Intelligent Transportation Systems, pedestrian/bicyclist roadway issues, roadside appurtenance design, etc.?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[36868] Do you have at least one year of work experience equal or equivalent in research program management and development, including coordinating and obtaining cooperation of internal and external customers; formulating and monitoring research budgets and schedules; and/or developing detailed work plans for facilitating the implementation of highway safety research products services?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[2064] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with transportation related research.
  1. I have experience in reviewing and disseminating transportation related research reports, papers, and technical bulletins.
  2. I have experience with monitoring and managing transportation related research program.
  3. I have experience in using office tracking systems to effectively manage Federally financed research projects and programs.
  4. I have experience in promoting developed technologies, including the gathering of needed research, marketing available research products and tracking the implementation of those products.
  5. I do not have experience in transportation related research.


* 5.[3767] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in research.
  1. Identified critical research needs.
  2. Evaluated ongoing research programs and/or studies.
  3. Developed analytical methods to conduct research.
  4. Interpreted research findings.
  5. Explained research results to other technical professionals and customers.
  6. Promoted promising research results.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.[7705] Select the project management or Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Designed COTR training courses
  2. Prepared prospectuses
  3. Estimated needed resources
  4. Established reporting requirements
  5. Coordinated with operating and field offices
  6. Obtained clearances as required
  7. Prepared an entire procurement package
  8. Recommended potential offerors
  9. Established evaluation criteria
  10. Selected proposal evaluation panel
  11. Chaired proposal evaluation panel
  12. Prepared technical and cost evaluations of proposals
  13. Prepared the contract statement of work
  14. Monitored the work to ensure the contractor adhered to the statements of work and cost
  15. Provided technical assistance to the contractor
  16. Reviewed monthly reports and drafts of interim and final reports
  17. Determined need for and recommended contract modifications, as necessary
  18. Processed contract reports for publication
  19. Provided status reports and predictions of progress of contracts
  20. Devised and described the required sequence of tasks
  21. None of the above


* 7.[5853] Select the statement(s) that represent the duties you have performed to ensure success in the work being accomplished.
  1. Set team goals, made work assignments, and reviewed technical quality of deliverables.
  2. Reviewed the work of team members and have provided guidance and training.
  3. Set program or project goals and objectives to be accomplished.
  4. Monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  5. Established and tracked program-related performance measures.
  6. Established and monitored program delivery cost controls.
  7. Established and monitored quality control and quality assurance processes.
  8. Set due dates and ensured timeliness of deliverables.
  9. Planned and adjusted work operations to meet changing requirements within available resources and with limited sacrifice of quantity or quality of work.
  10. Led a team or group with various levels of experience, skills, orientation, or perspective.
  11. Established and coordinated office policies, standard operating procedures, etc. for my work unit.
  12. Prepared schedules for completion of work.
  13. Assigned work to team members based on priorities.
  14. None of the above.


* 8.[15132] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience managing a program.
  1. I have developed program goals, objectives, and annual plans.
  2. I have developed budgets, allocated resources, and monitored results.
  3. I oversaw the implementation of program through subordinate staff.
  4. I have developed processes to monitor/manage productivity and quality assurance.
  5. I have served as program spokesperson to high ranking officials in Government or equivalent.
  6. My program scope and effect had high visibility.
  7. I have published annual or periodic reports of accomplishments.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.[19750] Select the statements that describe your experience with performance measurement.
  1. I have formal training or education in the development of performance measures.
  2. I have read about the development and use of performance measures, and understand the general concepts.
  3. I have used performance measures to monitor the performance and results of a program.
  4. I have developed program performance measures that have been used by program managers to guide their programs.
  5. I have extensive experience in the development and use of program performance measures, including outcome measures and process measures.
  6. I have participated in several conferences, seminars, or workshops on performance measurement.
  7. I have developed measures for use in multiple programs, and have led teams and taught the concepts and techniques to others in program areas outside my own.
  8. None of the above


* 10.[17689] Select the duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Oversaw, directed or developed work to be accomplished by subordinates
  2. Set and adjusted priorities
  3. Prepared schedules for completion of work
  4. Responsible for the first line supervision of employees
  5. Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees
  6. Developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work
  7. Gave advice, counsel or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters
  8. Interviewed candidates for positions in a unit
  9. Recommended and/or selected individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment
  10. Worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities
  11. Conducted workforce/succession planning
  12. Delegated authority to the lowest levels
  13. Resolved office conflicts through meetings
  14. Resolved office conflicts by providing written guidance
  15. Resolved office conflicts through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  16. Addressed employee conduct issues by taking appropriate human resources actions such as oral admonishments or suspensions
  17. Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on performance issues
  18. Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on conduct issues
  19. Followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve
  20. Developed performance improvement plans
  21. Recognized and rewarded employees for their contributions
  22. None of the above


* 11.[3646] Select the statement(s) that describe your abilities and experience in leadership and your organizational skills.
  1. I have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates key agency and program goals, priorities, values and other factors to outside stakeholder groups.
  2. I have demonstrated the ability to apply the management concepts of accountability and continuous improvement, including the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results.
  3. I have demonstrated the ability to explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner and to negotiate and produce results with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  4. I have demonstrated the ability to develop an expansive professional network with internal and external stakeholder groups.
  5. I have demonstrated the ability to facilitate organizational meetings, seminars and workshops with internal and external stakeholder groups.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.[27732] Choose the answer that best describes your leadership style.
  1. As a leader, I am the one who sets the goals and priorities for the staff/group and clearly describes each person's role and responsibilities.
  2. As a leader, I seek the staff/group's participation in setting the goals and priorities, as well as the staff/group's input into how to best assign work.
  3. As a leader, I try to motivate and influence the staff to buy into my goals and priorities, but time constraints get in the way of spending too much time and effort on this.
  4. As a leader, I involve my staff/group in setting the goals and priorities as much as possible, but I recognize that there are limits to participative management.
  5. I do not have leadership experience.


* 13.[9075] Select the statement that best describes your ability to supervise and manage staff who have expertise in various disciplines.
  1. I have extensive experience supervising and managing a staff composed of multiple disciplines.
  2. I have experience supervising and managing a staff composed of multiple disciplines.
  3. I have limited experience supervising and managing a staff composed of multiple disciplines.
  4. I have supervised and managed a staff composed of a single discipline.
  5. I have no supervisory or management experience.


* 14.[3761] Select the area(s) where you have demonstrated knowledge of and experience in researching, planning, applying, deploying, or using highway safety technologies.
  1. Conducted literature reviews of highway safety problems.
  2. Produced research experimental design of highway safety problems.
  3. Developed methods of data collection for highway safety problems.
  4. Collected and organized data on a highway safety research experiment.
  5. Conducted statistical analyses of data on highway safety research.
  6. Developed models that reflect highway safety phenomena.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.[3762] Select the area(s) for which you have experience in conducting research, collecting data, conducting analysis, and implementing improvements affecting highway safety.
  1. Geometric design
  2. Intersection design and operations
  3. Pedestrian and bicycle safety
  4. Highway safety human-centered systems
  5. Visibility aspects of highways, including pavement signage or road illumination
  6. Roadside crash severity mitigation
  7. Speed management
  8. Work zone
  9. None of the above


* 16.[3809] Select the response that best describes your knowledge and experience in the collection and analysis of highway safety data.
  1. I have little to no knowledge or experience in the collection and analysis of highway safety data.
  2. I have completed courses and training and am familiar with problems related to the collection and analysis of highway safety data, but have no practical experience.
  3. I have worked in programs involving the collection and analysis of highway safety data, but I have not had direct responsibility for the programs.
  4. I have performed, managed, and had direct responsibility for programs involving the collection and analysis of highway safety data.
  5. I have direct experience working and managing highway safety data collection and analysis projects. I have trained others and am often consulted for advice on highway safety data collection and analsyis.


* 17.[17092] How many technical articles and/or reports on highway safety have you written and published and/or presented at technical conferences?
  1. I have written and published and/or presented more than 20 technical articles and/or reports.
  2. I have written and published and/or presented between 10 and 20 technical articles and/or reports.
  3. I have written and published and/or presented between 5 and 9 technical articles and/or reports.
  4. I have written and published and/or presented 1 to 4 technical articles and/or reports.
  5. I have not written and published and/or presented any technical articles and/or reports.


* 18.[28830] Select the type(s) of written communication(s) you have prepared as a regular part of your job.
  1. Technical presentations at professional conferences
  2. Articles in peer reviewed journals
  3. In-house technical studies and reports
  4. Articles featured in transportation-related publications
  5. Non-technical publications
  6. Internal research documents/studies
  7. Internal research work plans
  8. Documents for legislative and policy staff
  9. None of the above


* 19.[31250] Select the statement(s) that describe written communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Drafted reports, memoranda and correspondence for signature by higher-level official.
  2. Developed written materials for briefings, meetings and/or conferences.
  3. Produced documents clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively written for varied audiences.
  4. Drafted policy and procedural material for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  5. Communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  6. Composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, management reports, or articles.
  7. Prepared and wrote technical reports for internal & external audiences.
  8. Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations in written format.
  9. Reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  10. Developed comprehensive materials for briefings, meetings, testimonies or conferences for Congress, the media and general public.
  11. Developed comprehensive materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences for Agency, Departmental, or Corporate leaders.
  12. Wrote issue/position papers or summary reports that included analysis and recommendations.
  13. Composed responses to inquiries from senior officials.
  14. Developed recommendations for solutions to policy problems.
  15. Drafted correspondence/memoranda that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  16. Developed guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  17. Compiled and summarized the findings of studies.
  18. Wrote guidance that summarizes and explains rules and policies.
  19. Prepared comprehensive briefings for senior officials or officers that cover varied subjects.
  20. None of the above


* 20.[28831] Select the type(s) of presentation(s) on behavioral research you have given on a consistent basis.
  1. Management level staff presentations.
  2. Internal peer level staff presentations.
  3. External staff presentations.
  4. Public or private organizational presentations.
  5. Local conference presentations.
  6. National conference presentations.
  7. International conference presentations.
  8. Delivered training courses.
  9. General public presentations.
  10. None of the above.


* 21.[5799] This position involves coordination and interaction with a broad range of individuals and organizations. Choose the statement that best describes your coordination with Federal, State, local and National organizations.
  1. I have had no experience coordinating or interacting with individuals or organizations outside my organization.
  2. I have had limited experience coordinating or interacting with individuals or organizations outside my organization, generally with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have had moderate experience coordinating or interacting with individuals or organizations outside my organization and consider myself competent to coordinate effectively with outside individuals and organizations.
  4. I have had significant experience coordinating or interacting with individuals or organizations outside my organization and consider it among my strengths.
  5. I have had extensive experience coordinating or interacting with individuals or organizations outside my organization and am sought after to assist in coordinating and interactions with others.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 5.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 6.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?

  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.